A country girl, I was raised in a National Park filled with old growth, unmapped ancient forests and my Father, a park ranger, taught me the cycles of the land and the wisdom of the ways of the wild.
As a child, I was constantly ill and I absorbed myself in books as I recuperated from a multitude of viral illnesses, pouring over my Mothers large collection of medical texts and historical novels. I had a huge imagination, which was fuelled no doubt by our isolation and by the religious philosophies and parables passed down from my Grandmother, a religious instructor. It was my Grandmother who passed on the remembering of the old Wise Woman Healing traditions long held in our family, herbalism, natural healing methods and an understanding of preventative lifestyle alongside a normalising of my psychic gifts of vision, dreaming and astral travelling-something which she assured me was normal for women of our bloodline.
As a teenager, I took on the responsibility of caring for my beloved Grandmother as she suffered from cancer. Assisting her to transition from this world was my first experience of witnessing death and this beautiful, yet raw, human experience was to form a frame of reference and understanding for my own journey many years into the future. She had suffered from multiple health concerns and I discovered through this period that I had a knack for knowing what was wrong with people. Illness had a scent to me specific to certain conditions. It also had a taste. I discovered that once I had seen a disease and feel its energetic frequency, I could easily observe it in others.
The ancient land my Grandparents farm was situated on called to me and the deep connection I felt to this ancient sacred indigenous site was to stay with me as I travelled throughout my 20’s, always returning to the home of my heart, until February 7th, 2009 saw my home, my people and my land suffer a terrible happening that marked the beginnings of my initiation of self and a dark night of the soul and physicality, that transformed my life.